The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Reviews

August 13, 2015
Fewer and fewer people have a first-person memory of her, unless they're old enough to have watched Ed Sullivan, but William Gazecki's heartfelt portrait all but brings her back to life.
July 24, 2015
You will love every minute of this walk through show biz history.
July 24, 2015
Sophie Tucker was a great talent that deserves a great film. This isn't it.
July 24, 2015
The film bombards the viewer with too many snippets from the six decades' career, a number of them still photos from her 400-plus scrapbooks and some jazzed up in hokey animation.
July 24, 2015
I wish the film, which is mostly a standard-issue talking-heads-and-clips affair, had showcased more of her performing, but what we see still justifies her fleeting fame.
July 24, 2015
A fascinating, archeological piece of showbiz history.
July 24, 2015
Strongest when reveals her innovations in musical style and marketing, weakest when it strings together anecdotes. . . Original materials are seen in constant montages.
July 24, 2015
She's a great character, so it's sad that "The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" isn't a better movie.
July 24, 2015
An important, generally enjoyable tutorial on a great show-woman's life. My only gripe against it is the too prominent played on film by biographers Lloyd and Susan Ecker, who also co-produced.
July 24, 2015
"The Outrageous Sophie Tucker" is an outrageously dull documentary. This is not the subject's fault.
July 23, 2015
A delightful, toe-tapping and illuminating tribute to Sophie Tucker.
July 23, 2015
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker is rich with such tall tales and juicy nuggets, befitting a larger-than-life icon.
July 23, 2015
Though placing the cheerleading Eckers front and center as key interview subjects gives their film a self-congratulatory, gee-whiz quality, "Outrageous" compensates by giving you a good sense of who Tucker was and how she got where she did.
July 23, 2015
The movie isn't especially well made, yet because Tucker is such a gloriously rich figure - immigrant turned runaway mother turned vaudevillian turned superstar - she renders its formal and aesthetic shortcomings (mostly) irrelevant.
July 23, 2015
There are lots of archival clips, photos and interviews with celebrities who knew her, such as Tony Bennett and Barbara Walters.
July 22, 2015
This gossipy, affectionate movie about the daughter of Jewish Ukranian immigrants' rags-to-riches story and her survival as a star into the mid-1960s is a lot of fun. But it doesn't get under her skin.
July 21, 2015
Though some more exploration of Tucker's influence would be welcome, the documentary does make fine use of archival materials culled from Tucker's immense collection of scrapbooks from every year of her career ...
July 20, 2015
The "Last of the Red Hot Mamas" has lapsed into showbiz obscurity, something that William Gazecki's loving documentary clearly hopes to correct.
July 17, 2015
portrait of an indomitable woman, punctuated with her songs and her monologues